ITV has revealed that they will be making a one off televised special with the much loved legendary entertainer Des O’Connor to celebrate his milestone 80th birthday and 50 years in show business.
This 90 minute show will be hosted by the great man himself, and feature a star studded mix of guests and stars from the worlds of comedy and entertainment. Des will be joined on stage by comedy genius Matt Lucas, the inimitable Paul O’Grady, award winning actress Katherine Kelly, much loved actor Robert Lindsay, Des’s on screen presenting partner Mel Sykes and many more. The show will also feature some exciting musical performances and a few surprises for Des along the way.
Des said “I am really looking forward to sharing a fun filled 90 minutes with the viewers.”
Des is firmly established as one of Britain’s most popular and best loved entertainers and is one of only a handful of British entertainers to be acclaimed internationally on stage and television.
His variety chat show Des O’Connor Tonight ran for an amazing 25 years on British television and then followed with the award winning daily talkshow Des & Mel with co-host Melanie Sykes which proved such a hit with viewers that the show more than doubled its audience. Des’s American series was shown in over 40 countries, seen by 200 million people world-wide and on stage he has appeared at the MGM Grand in Las Vagas, The Sydney Opera House and over a 1000 times at the London Palladium.
The programme was commissioned by ITV’s Controller of Entertainment John Kaye Cooper who said “We are thrilled that Des is marking these two very special landmark occasions and treating ITV viewers to a unique celebration of his hugely successful career. He has a great history with the channel and, along with some special guests it will be an unmissable show.”